Friday, 4 April 2008

I'm Getting So Hacked Off With These Numbskulls...

William obviously has far more patience than me. It's either that, or he suffers from hypotension, and prefers "natural" remedies to drugs. Somehow or other he manages to follow the debates in the House of Lords.

He reported that, yesterday, two Peers attacked the Catholic Church, blaming her for the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Baroness Flather actually went as far as to say that if the Catholic Church instructed people to use condoms, there would be an instantaneous change.

Right. Those people who are so blasé about ignoring the Church's teaching on chastity are going to be quaking in their boots because the Church says they'll go to Hell because they use condoms.

Not.

(Just in case there's any doubt, "chastity" means no sex unless you're married, whether you consider yourself to be hetero-, homo-, bi- or trans-sexual, and if you are married, then sex is with your spouse, and only your spouse. "Spouse" is another technical term - it means "person of the opposite sex to whom a person is married in the eyes of God." There. That wasn't so hard to understand, was it?)

To make the issue even clearer, William makes a very telling point.

According to Baroness Flather's reasoning, the country in Africa with the lowest number of Catholics should have the lowest number of HIV/AIDS cases, because there are fewer people to be led astray by that nasty Pope who forbids the use of condoms.

Strange to tell, it ain't so.

The country in Africa with the lowest population of Catholics is South Africa. They have the highest HIV infection rate.

But just in case you haven't drawn the logical conclusion, it turns out that the African country with the highest population of Catholics, Uganda, has the lowest HIV infection rate. They encourage abstinence.

Now, why do you think that this message hasn't gotten through to the likes of Baroness Flather?

7 comments:

Ma Beck said...

Not sure how you pronounce that woman's last name, but I'd call her Baroness Blather.

Mac McLernon said...

I did actually type "Blather" a couple of times... but corrected it, just in case someone decided to get smart and tell me that there wasn't a Baroness Blather in the House of Lords...

Volpius Leonius said...

Shreela Flather, Baroness Flather (born 13 February 1934) is a teacher and British politician.

She has been a life peer for the Conservative party since the 11 June 1990 as Baroness Flather, of Windsor and Maidenhead in the Royal County of Berkshire. She was the first Asian woman to receive a peerage.

Baroness Flather attended University College London and is married to Gary Denis Flather. She has served as Deputy Mayor and as Mayor for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

She has also been a teacher of English as a second language and a member of the Conservative Women's National Committee. Baroness Flather has been recognised as Asian Who's Who Asian of the Year 1996.

She has served senior posts in various organisations involved in refugee, community, race relations and prison work.

As a member of the House of Lords, she gained attention for wearing a sari and for being among the first ethnic minorities in the house. Along with many other Tory frontbenchers in the House of Lords, she threatened to resign the Conservative whip over the demotion of Viscount Cranborne for his actions to reduce the impact of the 1999 House of Lords Act.

Baroness Flather is a distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.

She is currently living in Maidenhead with her husband and their specially trained disability aid dog, Gracie.

a thorn in the pew said...

Ish, that would make me mental. How do you have discourse with nonsense?

gemoftheocean said...

Volopius - All that and she's still dumber than a box of rocks.

Karen

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

"I'm Getting So Hacked Off With These Numbskulls...">

Mac,

welcome to my world.

Every working day of my life since 1999.

David Palmer said...

I guess we just have to keep on stating the obvious, over and over, til eventually it sinks in!

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